Sprinter Richard Kilty’s European Indoor Championship title ‘sabotaged’ at Sheffield Indoor Trials

Track and field sprinter Richard Kilty has suggested that his running spikes were stolen by a rival at last week’s Indoor Trials final in Sheffield.

Kilty was the fastest qualifier in the heats and semi-finals at the British Indoor Championships, but the reigning 60m champion was disqualified for a false start at the Sheffield final.

He claims that his spikes “were stolen from the call room” in an attempt to sabotage his chances in the race, as he was forced to borrow spikes a “size-and-half too big” to compete in.

Kilty initially admitted responsibility for the false start in the final, but after coming third at the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday he spoke out about his previous problems.

He said: “I didn’t want to make any excuses then because I wanted to make sure I came out here.

“Everything was going smoothly, I headed to the call room and my spikes weren’t there. The physios tipped up every bed and every bag and they weren’t there.

My mind was going a million miles an hour and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to run.”

Kilty is still expected to be included in the squad for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Serbia, where he plans to go for gold.

“I want that gold medal. All I’ve been thinking about is bringing home the medal to my little boy.”